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7/13/13 10:40 A

I would use the scale more to spot trends than as gospel so pick one and use the same each time.

Posts: 253
7/12/13 10:23 P

Same here. I just wonder which side is more accurate. I generally take the median.

It is not like my hydration level has changed in 5 minutes. So there must be something with the conductivity changing for some reason.

I generally use it to know which direction my BF is going. I would be curious to get an accurate test too. But being overseas I am not sure where to do that.

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7/12/13 11:42 A

I would be tempted to keep weighing, to see how low I could get it (not because I want a terribly low BF%, but because it would be funny to pretend I was becoming nothing but muscle over a few minutes). I'm funny like that.

As mentioned, body fat scales can be ridiculously inaccurate. When I get closer to my goal weight I plan to get the caliper test because I know the number my scale is telling me is worthless.

Posts: 1,135
7/12/13 9:31 A

Because, unfortunately, the BF calculator on scales like that can't be terribly accurate. If you have a lot of extra water, it can change the reading. That is why calipers or the pool body fat measurements are more accurate. That just gives you a ballpark.

Posts: 253
7/12/13 9:19 A


I have found that if I do multiple weigh ins on my scale, successively my bf percent drops.
Today it started at 19.5, by the fifth weigh it was 18.3 (within 5 minutes).

Any one know which side is more accurate? Or why it drops?



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